November 21, 2018 – January 13, 2019
5:30 – 10:30 p.m. nightly
The Valley’s most anticipated holiday tradition:
ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo!
Millions of lights and a 200-foot-long Polar Slide™.
New this year — live reindeer, Stingray Bay and 4-D Theater
included with admission.
Animal viewing is limited during ZooLights.
- ZooLights Ticket Options
ZooLights Ticket Options
Pricing coming soon!
Nov 21, 2018 – Jan 13, 2019: Last entry is at 10:00 p.m.
Please note ticket prices vary based on anticipated peak attendance nights. Be sure to view the ticket information before purchasing.
The most convenient option is to purchase your tickets online. We don’t add any additional fees to purchase online, and you can skip the ticket lines when you arrive! Children 2 and under are free for ZooLights!
✦ $2 off for Zoo members! ✦
ZooLights tickets are non-refundable. There are no separate prices for children or seniors. Children two and under are free. If you pre-purchased tickets, but are unable to attend, consider giving them as gifts to friends or family. All tickets have a barcode that admit one person. Once scanned, the ticket cannot be used again. Photocopies will not be accepted. Tickets may not be resold and are not replaceable if lost. Guests with Value Night tickets that show up on a non-Value Night will be allowed to upgrade to an Any Night ticket for an additional fee in the Guest Services lobby or any ticket window. Upgrades cannot be done online. Your ticket purchase supports the Phoenix Zoo, a non-profit organization that receives no operational funding from the city or any public source.
No. This benefit is only valid on Sundays during regular daytime Zoo hours and cannot be used for separate ticketed special events, such as ZooLights.
Yes. Available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. Membership discounts may apply. The rental area is located immediately to your right after entering the Phoenix Zoo through the turnstiles. If you need assistance with bringing a wheelchair or electric scooter to the parking lot, please stop by our Guest Services lobby.
Animal viewing is limited to only a few exhibits with low lighting. ZooLights is an evening holiday event that does not offer the same animal viewing opportunities as a daytime visit. Possible sightings include zebra, flamingo, Komodo dragon and otter.
No. Not all Zoo trails are open for ZooLights. The Zoo is not equipped with enough power to light up the entire park.
Yes. During ZooLights you will find a variety of food selections at our open eateries.
This is a casual event, so please dress appropriately for the weather. Comfortable, flat shoes are recommended.
ZooLights is still open if it rains, but for the safety of our animals, the camel rides will be closed. Jengo and Tortuga will also be silent if it rains.
Yes. The gift shop will be open.
Flashlights and laser pointers are not allowed at ZooLights for the safety of our animals and the courtesy of other guests, but you may take photos or video of the experience.
Only trained and vaccinated service animals are allowed to accompany you during your visit. When a guest brings a service animal to the Zoo, a Park Ranger will review the Service Animal Rules with the guest. If you’d like, you can view a downloadable copy of our Service Animal Rules and our Service Animal Path Restrictions map before your visit.
Due to licensing agreements, music played at ZooLights is not available for purchase at the Zoo. However, most of the music is public domain.
The least crowded nights to attend are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the first two weeks of December and the first week of January. The majority of people arrive when the gates first open so an alternative is to arrive around 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. after the first wave of visitors have come and gone.
ZooLights is open during all types of weather and temperatures. Dress accordingly.
Guests that have pre-purchased ZooLights tickets the same night as their daytime visit are not allowed to stay in the Zoo until ZooLights opens at 5:30 p.m. They will need to leave Zoo grounds at 4 p.m. and return at 5:30 p.m. when ZooLights opens to the public.
As many as 300,000 visitors attend ZooLights each year. It is the largest multi-day fundraiser hosted by the Zoo.
It’s also the Zoo’s largest special event fundraiser which is vital to our success as a private non-profit zoological park. We receive no outside funding and rely on revenue from events, admission, donations, private events, educational programs, camps and memberships, food and gift shop sales.
The Phoenix Zoo is located at 455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona 85008.
Free parking is available at the Phoenix Zoo in the main Papago Park parking lot off of Galvin Parkway. If the main lot is full, additional free parking is available at Sun Devil Municipal Stadium located at the southwest corner of Van Buren and Priest.
A loading zone is available at the front of the Zoo. If you need to drop off or pickup a member of your party, please inform our parking attendants and they will direct you to the loading zone.
On busy nights, parking staff and message boards will provide detailed instructions and information to help minimize waiting and delays. If the main lot is full, message boards will direct you to the overflow lot at Sun Devil Municipal Stadium located at the southwest corner of Van Buren and Priest. The walk from the overflow lot takes approximately 15 minutes on a lighted and paved pathway.
- Purchase your tickets online to save time when you arrive.
- Plan your route. Get directions from Google Maps.
- Carpool with family and friends.
- Watch for message boards when approaching the Zoo for parking information.
- The main parking lot is city-owned, not Zoo-owned.
- Park ONLY in designated parking spaces.
- If you park illegally, tickets will be issued by the city or your car may be towed.
- The Zoo is not liable for parking tickets received by ZooLights visitors.
- It is illegal to park on Galvin Parkway.
Parking Lot Map
Save time, purchase online!
Need ZooLights tickets for a large group? Please download and submit an Advance Ticket Sales form.
Special thanks to our sponsors